Decision on Minneapolis police officers in Green Bay bar fight - KMSP-TV

Decision on Minneapolis cops in Green Bay bar fight

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Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau announced Tuesday she's made an undisclosed decision regarding the two officers accused of using racial slurs and criticizing the Green Bay police department after an altercation with a group of black men in Wisconsin.

Minneapolis police officers Brian Thole and Shawn Powell were informed of Harteau's decision on Tuesday. The two white officers were off-duty at the time of the incident in which they allegedly fought with a group of men outside a bar on June 29 in Green Bay, Wis.

Both officers had been on leave since the video of the incident surfaced. The two were eventually removed from the SWAT team.

Due to privacy laws, details of the final decision could not be released, Harteau said; however, sources confirm to Fox 9 News that the chief has opted to terminate both officers' employment.

That said, that's only the beginning of the process. The Minneapolis Police Union, which is not commenting on the status of the officers' employment, must be involved.

Also, since both of the officers are military members, the Minnesota Veterans Preference Act is in play. That law gives both officers limited preferences for hiring and promotion as well as protections upon termination -- one of which includes an exhaustive appeals process that will ensure both Thole and Powell are paid until the appeals conclude.

ADDITIONAL COVERAGE:

'Outraged' Harteau apologizes - http://bit.ly/14K09pX

Former Chief Tim Dolan: 'Racism is everywhere' - http://bit.ly/13sYhlV

One-on-one with Harteau over videos - http://bit.ly/176NtMZ

Harteau meets with advisory council - http://bit.ly/16CeHef

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